Orange Avenue Wit – Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, CA, USA)

Orange Avenue Wit – Coronado Brewing Company, 5.2% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Coronado, California, USA)


printed on the back of the bottle:

This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, it’s Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.

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  • Style: (flavoured – orange zest, coriander, blossom honey) Witbier
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.22 CAD (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours opaque orange with a massive slowly dissipating bubbly head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of micro streams.

Nose: honeyed lager malt with orange overtones, semi-bright (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, full-CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), orange zest undertones, sweet wheat malt

Finish: subtle off-dry coriander, big honey exhale

Conclusion: A good integration of the 3 listed aromatics in balanced harmony. It is very drinkable but doesn’t leave much of a lingering impact as it is only light-medium in depth. Decent.

Señor Saison – Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, CA, USA)

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Señor Saison – Coronado Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Coronado, California, USA)

“Crown Series – Belgian-style ale brewed with jalapeño and piloncillo

-In case you’re like me and wondering what is piloncillo, it’s unrefined cane sugar packed into a cone shape.

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printed on the back of the bottle:

“Just south of our brewery, Baja California’s burgeoning spirit of craft brewing reminds us a lot of our own Meixcan brewers looking to make a name for their region. We’ve enjoyed keeping an eye on the exciting new beers coming out of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe, and celebrate the rise of craft beer south of the border with this reimagined farmhouse ale. Brewed with piloncillo and jalapeño peppers, it combines a touch of spice with fruity esters derived from Belgian yeast. Like the brews of our cross-border amigos, this cerveza takes craft to new and interesting places.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – jalapeno, piloncillo) Saison
  • Taste: Bubbly-fizzy non-spicy jalapeno banana clove wheat malt tangerine bloated
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $10 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours amber orange with a large creamy head, half sticky lacing, a foamy layer of retention with clusters upon clusters of fast activity.

Nose: orange citrusy banana wheat malt, jalapeno. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-full cream-fizzy

Mid-palate: jalapeño vegginess without the heat, (lvl-5-sweetness), bubbly beer head texture, light pukey-tangy mixed with banana clove wheat malt, tangerine citrusy

Finish: very subtle jalapeño heat, banana wheat malt grainy exhale.

Conclusion: Too much CO2 in there combined with the citrusy wheat malt makes it unbalanced and leaves you feeling bloated.  Jalapeno flavour plays a subservient role to the prominent banana-clove profile, I didn’t find this brew particularly enticing. A small notch above average.